We look forward to the PMO Conference this week – it is amazing how popular this event has become. So many of Program Framework’s customers will be attending this event – we look forward to the introducing them to each other and socialising afterwards (thanks PMO Conference team for organising drinks!).
More than anything we are excited to co-present with our customer Nottingham Trent University. Before working with us they struggled with all of the typical PMO challenges – inefficient reporting processes, resource demand management, stakeholders engagement etc. Their head of PMO Chris Ward will describe their amazing PMO transformation story, with some practical advice on how to emulate their success. If you’re at the conference, come and join us for Session 1 in the morning. Continue reading >>
How can you deploy Microsoft Project Online, Power BI, Planner and more to achieve results rapidly?
“Digital Transformation” is the buzzword of the age, and for modern PMOs this means they are busier than ever. Gartner cites a whole range of 2018 Hot Topics for PPM, such as Demand Management, Resource Management, Programme and Portfolio Management, Reporting & Dashboards, Strategy realisation and so on. Yet many PMOs are still held back by inefficient manual processes, disconnected data sets and the ever-ongoing struggle of engaging stakeholders.
If your organisation is deploying Office 365, then you hold the key for changing this rapidly.
Join this 2-hour session at Microsoft Edinburgh to find out how your PMO can transform itself in a very short time. What are your most burning priorities? Milestone governance? Time recording? Document management? Consistent, instant reporting? The list may go on and is personal to you, but with Project Online and a focus on what’s most important, cloud tools can be implemented for your teams that are easy to use, collaborative and time saving. Continue reading >>
Microsoft have just announced a significant update to Project Online, now allowing for up to 30,000 projects to be stored. This is a massive increase from the previous published limit of 5000 projects. Better still, every one of those project can have its own project site. This is clearly a great piece of innovation, and the result of Microsoft investing much of its R&D budget for the product into performance and scalability improvement.
You can find the full detail of this announcement here. Continue reading >>
Implementing a PPM solution like Project Online has the potential of delivering significant benefit to your project teams, management and whole organisation. Increased efficiency, more timely and consistent information, improved resource utilisation, a more strategic project portfolio, and ultimately increased project success – a lot to aim for. Be aware though: The role of the Project Support Office (PSO or PMO) is crucial in turning this potential into reality.
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How many PMOs are there that receive status reports in Excel, Word or PowerPoint format for each individual project, then extract the data manually to create executive reports? …which are then distributed to management via email using those same disconnected file formats?
Pretty much every customer we work with wants to improve this process, for obvious reasons: countless days are being wasted, executive reports are of limited use and delivered with delay, decision making is compromised. Continue reading >>
We write a lot on this blog about the benefits of project portfolio management and what the right solution can do for your organisation. We usually focus on these positives from a business process point of view: how your project management office can incorporate vital data into its practice; have a broader, as well as deeper, view of a project’s resources; present complex information in a simple to understand visual format. And what that means for an organisation in a very practical way, i.e. how it can affect production, help you budget effectively, and provide a real ROI that will show up on your company’s bottom line. Continue reading >>
The prevalence of mobile devices continues to shape how we go about our daily lives. According to the above article, no other technology has impacted us like the mobile phone. It’s the fastest growing manmade phenomenon ever, from zero to over 7 billion in about three decades, and it’s showing no signs of slowing. Continue reading >>
Digital transformation has to be the business buzzword of 2016. Yet, it can be a challenge to really picture what it should look like at your organisation. Perhaps part of the problem is that digital transformation isn’t about one single thing; rather, it’s about a more general shift in strategy, culture, technology and IT philosophy – among other important factors. It’s about shifting from valuing efficiency to valuing constant innovation, moving from a focus on legacy technology to cloud and mobile apps. This all sounds great, but how do you map this general change to the specifics of your company, your activities and the way you work? Continue reading >>
We’re setting ourselves up for a busy summer at Program Framework, as we’ll be attending some exciting events throughout June and July. We’re always excited for new opportunities to network and learn from likeminded peers in the Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) sector – as well as getting to attend arguably the biggest Microsoft event of the year! So, what major learning and networking events are we looking forward to this summer? Continue reading >>
Let’s take a moment to think about the importance of the Public Sector. The government, its departments, public corporations, municipal councils, agencies and other bodies are vital to the way we live. From healthcare to social housing and education to refuse collection; without proper management and conscious planning, the public sector can very quickly run into problems. And these are issues that could have an effect on thousands – if not millions – of lives. As members of the public, we are highly invested in these organisations, not least because we provide the income necessary for them to function. Continue reading >>